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In the September 3 newsletter:
An update to our 2021 Fantasy Football Guide, a visit from Peyton Manning to The Bill Simmons Podcast, and a look at the history of Marvel's Shang-Chi.

The Top 200 Players in Fantasy Football—Updated

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The NFL season is right around the corner. Our fantasy football experts have everything you need to dominate your draft.

[Here's an updated version of our fantasy football ranking from Riley McAtee.]

The Reclamation of Shang-Chi

Zeke Peña

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings marks the arrival of the MCU’s first Asian American lead character. But it’s not just a triumphant moment of representation—it’s one that aims to reverse decades of comic book stereotyping.

[Daniel Chin on the history and evolution of Marvel's Shang-Chi.]

A Requiem for Big 12 Football

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Take it from someone who was there at the beginning: Big 12 members saw the conference not as an identity but as a host organism for their ambitions.

[Bryan Curtis pours one out for the Big 12 Conference.]

Matt Ryan on “Matty Ice” and Rookie Quarterbacks | Slow News Day

Kevin Clark interviews Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan about Popeyes, Mare of Easttown, his legendary nickname, “Matty Ice,” and more.

Let’s Not Pretend Kanye Didn’t Always Show Us Exactly Who He Was

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Kanye West has always been a zealot, yet his crude heroism now strikes many listeners as antagonism. Why now?

[Justin Charity looks at Kanye's history and the revisionism going on as he releases his 10th studio album, Donda.]

Bill Simmons Interviews Peyton Manning

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Bill and Peyton discuss young quarterbacks and Manning’s new alternate MNF broadcast.

[Listen as Bill Simmons and Peyton Manning cover a number of topics in this new interview.]
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